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Famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at the age of 85

February 19, 15:49 UTC+3 PARIS

The couturier passed away after several weeks of ill health, according to Le Figaro

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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld at the Champs Elysee Avenue illumination ceremony for the Christmas season, in Paris, 2018
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld at the Champs Elysee Avenue illumination ceremony for the Christmas season, in Paris, 2018
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld at the Champs Elysee Avenue illumination ceremony for the Christmas season, in Paris, 2018
© AP Photo/Christophe Ena
Karl Lagerfeld poses with a model in Germany, 1953
Karl Lagerfeld poses with a model in Germany, 1953
Karl Lagerfeld poses with a model in Germany, 1953
© Werner Baum/dpa via AP
Karl Lagerfeld draws first designs for textile manufacturer Klaus Steilmann in Dusseldorf, Germany, 1987
Karl Lagerfeld draws first designs for textile manufacturer Klaus Steilmann in Dusseldorf, Germany, 1987
Karl Lagerfeld draws first designs for textile manufacturer Klaus Steilmann in Dusseldorf, Germany, 1987
© AP Photo/Roland Weihrauch
Karl Lagerfeld walks with models at the end of the presentation of Fall/Winter 2009/2010 collection in Paris, 2009
Karl Lagerfeld walks with models at the end of the presentation of Fall/Winter 2009/2010 collection in Paris, 2009
Karl Lagerfeld walks with models at the end of the presentation of Fall/Winter 2009/2010 collection in Paris, 2009
© AP Photo/Francois Mori
US fashion designer Ralph Lauren and Editor-in-Chief of the French edition of Vogue, Carine Roitfeld watch as Karl Lagerfeld dances with his wife Ricky Lauren during a ceremony in Paris, 2010
US fashion designer Ralph Lauren and Editor-in-Chief of the French edition of Vogue, Carine Roitfeld watch as Karl Lagerfeld dances with his wife Ricky Lauren during a ceremony in Paris, 2010
US fashion designer Ralph Lauren and Editor-in-Chief of the French edition of Vogue, Carine Roitfeld watch as Karl Lagerfeld dances with his wife Ricky Lauren during a ceremony in Paris, 2010
© AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool
Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges applause, at the end of the presentation of Chanel Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection, 2008
Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges applause, at the end of the presentation of Chanel Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection, 2008
Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges applause, at the end of the presentation of Chanel Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection, 2008
© AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere
Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour pose for photographers at the British Fashion Awards in London, 2015
Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour pose for photographers at the British Fashion Awards in London, 2015
Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour pose for photographers at the British Fashion Awards in London, 2015
© Jonathan Short/Invision/AP
Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of Chanel Fall/Winter 2012 fashion collection presentation, 2011
Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of Chanel Fall/Winter 2012 fashion collection presentation, 2011
Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of Chanel Fall/Winter 2012 fashion collection presentation, 2011
© AP Photo/Francois Mori
Karl Lagerfeld with Lily-Rose Depp at Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 fashion collection presentation in Paris
Karl Lagerfeld with Lily-Rose Depp at Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 fashion collection presentation in Paris
Karl Lagerfeld with Lily-Rose Depp at Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 fashion collection presentation in Paris
© AP Photo/Francois Mori
Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of his Spring/Summer 2019 fashion collection presentation in Paris, 2018
Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of his Spring/Summer 2019 fashion collection presentation in Paris, 2018
Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of his Spring/Summer 2019 fashion collection presentation in Paris, 2018
© AP Photo/Christophe Ena
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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld at the Champs Elysee Avenue illumination ceremony for the Christmas season, in Paris, 2018
© AP Photo/Christophe Ena
Karl Lagerfeld poses with a model in Germany, 1953
© Werner Baum/dpa via AP
Karl Lagerfeld draws first designs for textile manufacturer Klaus Steilmann in Dusseldorf, Germany, 1987
© AP Photo/Roland Weihrauch
Karl Lagerfeld walks with models at the end of the presentation of Fall/Winter 2009/2010 collection in Paris, 2009
© AP Photo/Francois Mori
US fashion designer Ralph Lauren and Editor-in-Chief of the French edition of Vogue, Carine Roitfeld watch as Karl Lagerfeld dances with his wife Ricky Lauren during a ceremony in Paris, 2010
© AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool
Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges applause, at the end of the presentation of Chanel Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection, 2008
© AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere
Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour pose for photographers at the British Fashion Awards in London, 2015
© Jonathan Short/Invision/AP
Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of Chanel Fall/Winter 2012 fashion collection presentation, 2011
© AP Photo/Francois Mori
Karl Lagerfeld with Lily-Rose Depp at Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 fashion collection presentation in Paris
© AP Photo/Francois Mori
Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of his Spring/Summer 2019 fashion collection presentation in Paris, 2018
© AP Photo/Christophe Ena

PARIS, February 19. /TASS/. German haute-couture designer and creative director of French fashion house Chanel Karl Lagerfeld died on Tuesday morning at the age of 85, Le Figaro newspaper reported.

Lagerfeld passed away after several weeks of ill health, the newspaper wrote. According to BFM TV channel, the fashion icon had been ill for several months and was urgently sent to hospital on Monday evening. Lagerfeld missed the latest Chanel fashion show a month ago, saying he was "tired."

The fashion designer was born to a German family in Hamburg. His mother was German and his father had Swedish roots. In 1952, he moved to France and graduated from a design school in Paris. He later became an assistant of famous fashion designer Pierre Balmain, with whom he worked until 1958. Then he started working at the Jean Patou fashion house.

Lagerfeld became an independent designer and worked simultaneously with four fashion houses. In 1983, he was invited to work as creative director of French fashion house Chanel. At that time the Chanel brand was not very popular, but Lagerfeld managed to quickly create several collections, which were a success and revived the old fashion house.

In the past decades, Lagerfeld became a passionate photographer and organized several successful exhibitions of his photos, and also released albums.

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